5 Indigenous “Thanksgiving” Recipes, To Stand With Standing Rock

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Today, as I sit here trying to plan out the thanksgiving feast for my family I can not help to be saddened by the true irony of this holiday, especially in lieu of what is currently going on in our nation.

So this year, I refuse to give you another recipes for pumpkin pie, or green bean casserole … I refuse to even give you the healthy options for these “traditional” American dishes …

Instead, this Thanksgiving, I want to show you how to stand with our brothers and sisters at Standing Rock and how to truly make a difference.  

I am going to show you how to boycott the Dakota Pipeline and Big Oil through an “Indigenous Thanksgiving Meal.”

Thanksgiving has been imperialized by giant corporations and big business’s who make money off of steam rolling native culture and people.  

Turkey day has become one of the most sadly ironic days of the year as we blindly chose to make recipes that actively contribute to the degradation of our land, the true native people of this country, and participate on a glutenous level to the destruction of our planet.  

Oh wait … is that ironic or is it really just a way for us to re-enact every year what “thanksgiving” actually did?

Thanksgiving is actually a holiday that was created by indigenous cultures.

 

Thanksgiving is really a celebration that was taking place long before the pilgrims came to America.   It was a celebration of harvest, a way to give thanks to nature for its bounty, a way to give thanks for FOOD.  

But today, when we walk into a grocery store and chose to purchase canned pumpkin, canned green beans, factory farmed turkey and ham … what we are really doing is giving thanks to big oil, big pharma, big business and massive corporations. 

And they are grinning all the way to the bank with your “thankful dollars.”

And those dollars are a vote for the Dakota Pipeline.  

So this thanksgiving why don’t you take a stand.  Take control of your plate, your body, your community and your planet, and do it deliciously!  

 

Eating a healthy and delicious Native American Feast that pays homage to the land, doesn’t leave a carbon footprint, and serves to do what food does best, brings us together and nourishes us, is a POWERFUL protest against the racist man in office who ironically chooses to turn himself orange in an attempt to look more brown …  

I am sick of not making a difference, and I tell you what, food is the resource to make the BIGGEST impact of all!!! 

How to really respect and love Native Americans and their culture this thanksgiving:

 Chose Native food – and by native I mean local.

 

This is so simple, yet so respectful and impactful!  Native Americans, and even pilgrims would not have shipped food all over this continent using oil (a finite resource) to transport turkeys and potatoes wrapped in plastic (oil).  

When you look at food these days what you really come to see is that at this point we are really just eating oil … 

So you can boycott Trump at the thanksgiving table without even making an awkward family situation … just buy local.  And the true joy of this is that when Granddad starts talking about how much he loves Trumps policies, you can quietly think in your head you have won, because your actions (and locally sourced food) greatly out weigh his old school slightly misogynistic ramblings. 

   

And secretly winning is oh SO satisfying!

So step one … buy local. Who cares if its not “traditional american food”

– traditional food is really what you could find locally. 

 Be adventurous with your meat

 

Yes, some native americans ate turkey … but the majority of them ate things like deer, duck, goose, rabbit, chicken and even swan.  

Now if I am totally honest with you I have never eaten swan, or rabbit and I don’t have a good recipe for either … but if you want to be truly adventurous like that, go on google.  

Or find a hunter.  

Venison is one of the most sustainable meats that there is, or bison.  Bison actually do some amazing things with their horns, they aerate the land.  No one truly knows why they do it but if we all demanded more bison on our table we would have an animal source of protein that actually helps the environment rather than hurts it.  

And if you want turkey, then go for it.  Just try to buy one that was raised in your area and give thanks to it for its life when you eat it.

 

 Really Say Thank You

 

So simple yet so powerful.  There is actually a whole crazy science to thanking your water, it really changes the molecules, and the majority of your food is made of water … 

Why do you think all religions say to be thankful for your food … because food is medicine and gratitude is the most powerful medicine there is! 

Eat recipes that Native Americans would have eaten

 

A recipe is truly just a lesson, and I think at this point we could all do with a little lesson from native cultures.  Native cultures knew the importance of the land, of our families, of community time.  They knew how to harvest wild food, how to work with the land and how to survive in Pre Grocery Store times. 

What did Native Americans really eat on Thanksgiving?

Depending on the tribe Native Americans actually would have eaten things like:

  • fish

  • shrimp 

  • clams

  • oysters 

  • scallops 

  • crab

  • lobster

And if they did have turkey (which sometimes they did) they would just stuff it with one oyster.  Because oysters in the time of Native Americans, were the size of large dinner plates!   

And they would have had tons of veggies:

  • Corn,

  • beans,

  • squash,

  • pumpkins,

  • wild onions,

  • sweet potatoes,

  • carrots,

  • cabbage,

  • collard greens,

  • turnips

  • & cabbage.  

And for fruits it would have been:

  • blueberries,

  • cranberries,

  • grapes,

  • strawberries

  • and raspberries. 

And lots of nuts,

  • Walnuts,

  • acorns,

  • popcorn,

  • maple syrup,

  • chestnuts,

  • hickory nuts,

  • eggs.  

Yep … Native americans ate popcorn, just not like we do it today.  

So here is a delicious Dakota Pipeline Protesting, Donald Trump Slap in the face meal line up for you, your family and your loved ones this thanksgiving.  

Remember, this meal has the power to impact the masses and impact generations.

All my love.  Happy Holidays to you all 

Xx 

Chelsea 

Wild Onion and Bone Broth Soup 

 

Bone broth is steeped in centuries of tradition, all indigenous cultures understood the healing and medicinal purpose of bone broth.  Not to mention how easy it is to make for a large amount of people, and in the grand scheme of things it is really sustainable because it pays respect to every part of the animal.  You can use any type of bones to create bone broth and many grocery stores are now starting to sell them (although they should probably be giving them away).  

And its really simple.  All you have to do is simmer the bones with a dash of vinegar (preferably pasture raised or wild caught), 10-20 hours for poultry or seafood, or 24-28 hours for beef bones.  I personally just do it in a crock pot.  

This process draws out the proteins, minerals, and healing gelatin.  Bone broth is also incredibly rich in calcium, magnesium phosphorous and potassium … why do you think soil loves bones so much!  

Wild Onion and Bone Broth Soup

  • 1/2 cup of grass fed butter or 1/3 cup olive oil 

  • 5 large sweet yellow onions sliced into thick rings 

  • 2 quarts of bone broth (you can also get store bough if you HAVE to) 

  • 1 tbsp fresh or dried thyme 

  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayan or hawaiian salt (more if you like more) 

  • 1 tsp black pepper 

  • 6 oz of locally sourced cheddar cheese (extra sharp is the best) 

* if you want to be extra healthy leave the cheese off 

Steps 

1) melt butter into a 8 quart stock pot over medium heat and add the onions.  Cook roughly 7-8 minutes stirring often so that they do not brown.  You want them translucent. 

2) Add the bone broth, thyme, salt and pepper and turn the heat to low.  Simmer the mixture uncovered for 45 minutes stirring occasionally

Serve the soup into ramekins or oven proof bowls and sprinkle with a thin slicked  layer of cheese.  

3) Place in the oven under the broiler for roughly 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted.  

Yummy and easy 

Biodynamic Grilled Synergy Salad 

 

The three main crops that Native Americans grew were corn, beans and squash – These crops were often referred to as the “Three Sisters” because they grew very well together and actually helped each other out.

 

The beans would naturally climb the cornstalks and the squash would spread out below creeping along the ground and stop weeds from growing.  The squash would also help to keep the moisture in the soil by shading it, which resulted in a perfect trifecta of growing.

And these plants grow together for  a reason,  When eaten together they provide almost all of the nutrients that your body requires in one meal.  

  • 2 Zucchinis, halved lengthwise 

  • 2 yellow summer squash halved length wise 

  • 3 ears of organic corn 

  • 2 cups of cranberry beans (sometimes called Shell beans in New England) – if you have to do canned then you have to, but if you can do boxed its better or soak and boil your own … 

1) Brush squash and zucchini, and husked corn with olive oil and season with salt and pepper 

2) grill over charcoal until slightly crispy with a few grill marks on each side (roughly 4-5 minutes each side)

3) Transfer the squash and zucchini and finely dice them

4) Cut the kernels from the corn and add combine all chopped veggies in a bowl 

5) Toss with the beans 

6) Drizzle with Olive oil, a dash of apple cider vinegar, a drizzle of honey, and salt and pepper to taste 

7) Serve with fresh herbs 

10 Minute Baked Scallops

 

Scallops are one of the healthiest Mollusks to eat, and they are also incredibly easy to make.  Most people tend to over think and over cook them, but really just keep it simple.  They are delicious as is!

Baking scallops is an excellent low maintenance way to cook them so you will have time to drink some wine and talk to the family  (so if you don’t want to do that pan fry them instead), this is strategic meal planning at its finest.  

The trick to baked scallops is to cook them at a very high heat, don’t cook them too long and make sure you moisten them with something (I like lemon juice).

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 450 degrees 

  • place the scallops (rinsed) onto a baking sheet, drizzle with lemon juice and a dash of pepper 

  • bake 10 minutes at 450 

easy, and delicious!

** If you catch your own scallops or buy them in the shells you only need to remove the the dark side of the shell, do this with the hinge facing toward you.  When you have removed the top shell take a spoon and scrape the shell from the hinge back to remove the dark inner part, rinse the scallop.  

Place the scallop in its shell on the baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes, bonus points it will look really impressive! 

Roasted Root Vegetables 

 

Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper are cheating and they work on everything.  Roasted veggies are the EASIEST no fuss way to make sure you are getting some health goodies on your plate.  

Traditionally Native Americans would have cooked carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and squash.

Don’t make it hard on yourself, take all of these veggies, chop them up, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and perhaps a dash of balsamic or some fresh herbs and roast at 350 for 15-20 minuets, stirring once. 

You can also add all of these veggies around your bird, if you are cooking turkey, and you have a one dish wonder!

Popcorn

 

Yep Native Americans had popcorn.  You can either serve it as a dessert (drizzle it with dark chocolate and put it in the fridge for some extra yummy ness), or serve it as an appetizer.

 

And don’t forget the most important ingredient of all this Thanksgiving, Love. 

These are scary times in so many ways so make sure you share with your family with love … and try to avoid talking about politics at the dinner table.  

 

 

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